Yorkshire Water News Update: Apprenticeship Scheme

Yorkshire Water Apprenticeship Scheme

Yorkshire Water news update: A major employer in the UK, Yorkshire Water, will take on 17 new apprentices in September after they beat-out 700 applicants.

Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular again as the prospect of going to university slips from the grasp of some prospective students in light of the significant fee rise. This is demonstrated in the number of applications received for Yorkshire Water’s apprentice programme. Statistics show that the number of applications have increased overall by 7% from last year and interestingly the number of females applying has increased by 10%.

The company are one of the largest in the UK. Each day they clean 1.7 million tonnes of waste water and supply 1.24 billion litres of drinking water and they have more than 700 water treatment works and care for more than 40000 miles of water pipes and sewer systems.

It will be 17 apprentices who have earned this opportunity through a variety of avenues, based in towns and cities across the county – Doncaster, Bradford, Harrogate, Halifax, Scarborough, York, Hull and Sheffield – who will undertake the challenge of the apprenticeship.

Jessica Rickett is just one of these apprentices but she is the only female on the course and will be Yorkshire Water’s first female operational apprentice. She won a competition at Buttershaw Business Enterprise College which sent her straight through to the assessment centre.

The apprenticeship scheme began in 2010 and since that date Yorkshire Water have taken on 40 apprentices. Part of the programme is teaching the apprentices the skills needed for entering the work environment; Yorkshire Water have acknowledged the gap that exists between skills learnt at school and those expected by employers and so are striving to bridge that gap.

In addition to this benefit the company also aims to assist those who have been out of employment for a while. The worst affected age range is 16-24 year olds so if companies can offer schemes to get them into work, they should and this will go a long way towards breaking the back of the unemployment problems in the UK.

Each apprentice is given a partner in their relevant department and they will guide and offer advice as they work their way through the scheme. The starting salary is £12094 plus benefits and is permanent from the word go and includes college study as well as time in the work place.

Contact Yorkshire Water directly if you’re interested in this apprenticeship or the services offered by the water company. You can read more of the Yorkshire Water news articles at www.customerservicescontact.co.uk/news.

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